SEKISUI KYDEX Official Response to COVID-19

Friday, May 29, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Impact

Dear SEKISUI KYDEX partner, 

In the USA, we have just celebrated Memorial Day weekend, which is our unofficial start to summer. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 news, our employees, our customers, and our suppliers while updating our tactics. So far we have been able to continue all our operations.    

Although many of our customers are making life-saving medical equipment using our KYDEX® and ALLEN® thermoplastics, we are especially proud to be supplying material and parts for the Ford ventilator program, as it demonstrates all our capabilities in Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM). You can learn more about our partnership with Ford on LinkedIn:  

Since the situation around the globe is changing every day, we will continue to report our daily status in order to make you aware of anything that might affect your inbound or outbound order or your delivery.      

Please reference this daily situation report, or as we used to say in the Navy, our daily SITREP, for the current status of our supply chain, production, lead times, etc. 

May 29, 2020    Overall Status:  GREEN   [No change since yesterday.] 

Summary: All plants are fully operational and we expect to continue to operate indefinitely. 

Employees: No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported.  All on-site personnel are wearing masks and following other best-practice protocols. The production shift schedule for KYDEX branded products has been modified to minimize interactions between shifts and to allow for deep cleaning on Wednesdays. Shifts are appropriately staffed. No issues for remote employees.        

Customers: We are maintaining normal lead times. We are expediting all orders for COVID-19 related medical applications. Please contact our Customer Collaboration Team with order information.   

Suppliers: We are experiencing no material supply issues. Although several suppliers have indicated their intent to take temporary shutdowns, we have determined that we have ample materials on hand and there will be no impact to production.      

Shipping: Shipping is operating normally at this time. Our dedicated trucks for the Holland, MI facility are fully operational.  And while ground freight in the USA has plenty of capacity, international shipping is more volatile.  We continue to monitor ocean and air freight, as the number of blanked [cancelled] sailings increases and air freight rates are at record high levels. Despite these challenges, we have experienced very few delivery issues, and Customer Collaboration will contact you in the event of any impact to your delivery.     

Management: The Senior Management Team continues to meet daily (remotely) to monitor this rapidly changing situation and to update our plans as needed.        

Please reach out to your SEKISUI KYDEX contact if you have any questions.   

Thank you,  

Justin Noll | Vice President, R&D and Supply Chain

T: +1.570.387.6997 x648